Rough Skin (Ability)

Rough Skin さめはだ
Rough Skin
Flavor text
Generation III
Hurts to touch.
Generation IV
Inflicts damage to the foe on contact.
Generation V
Inflicts damage to the foe on contact.
Generation VI
Inflicts damage to the attacker on contact.
Generation VII
This Pokémon inflicts damage with its rough skin to the attacker on contact.
Generation VIII
This Pokémon inflicts damage with its rough skin to the attacker on contact.

Rough Skin (Japanese: さめはだ Rough Skin) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature Ability of Carvanha and Sharpedo.

Effect

In battle

Generation III

When a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a move that makes contact, the attacking Pokémon takes damage equal to 1/16 of its own maximum HP.

If a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a multi-strike move that makes contact (such as Fury Swipes), each hit will activate this Ability.

Generation IV onward

When a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a move that makes contact, the attacking Pokémon now takes damage equal to 1/8 of its own maximum HP.

If Rough Skin causes both the Pokémon with this Ability and the attacking Pokémon to faint, then the attacking Pokémon will faint first.

Outside of battle

Rough Skin has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Rough Skin

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
  Carvanha Water Dark Rough Skin None Speed Boost
  Sharpedo Water Dark Rough Skin None Speed Boost
  Gible Dragon Ground Sand Veil None Rough Skin
  Gabite Dragon Ground Sand Veil None Rough Skin
  Garchomp Dragon Ground Sand Veil None Rough Skin
  Druddigon Dragon Dragon Rough Skin Sheer Force Mold Breaker
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VIII games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII or later.
  • For Generation VII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VIII or later.

In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, and the Mystery Dungeon (WiiWare) games, when a Pokémon with this Ability is attacked by an adjacent Pokémon, the attacking Pokémon might take damage equal to half of the damage done.

Since Gates to Infinity, Rough Skin causes the attacking Pokémon to take damage equal to 1/10 of their maximum HP.

If a Pokémon with this Ability is hit by a multi-strike move that makes contact (such as Fury Swipes), each hit will activate this Ability.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on attackers.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on an attacker who lands a direct-contact attack.
BSL こうげきしてきた ポケモンに ダメージを あたえる
MDGtI Damages the attacker a little when the Pokémon is hit by a direct attack.*
When the Pokémon is hit with a direct attack like Tackle or Scratch, the attacker is damaged a little!*
SMD When the Pokémon is hit with a contact move like Tackle or Scratch, the attacker is damaged a little!
MDRTDX When the Pokémon is hit with a contact move, like Tackle or Scratch, the attacker is damaged a little.


In the anime

       
Sharpedo
The Pokémon scrapes its skin against the opponent. The skin is rough enough to cause abrasion.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Sharpedo Sharpedo scrapes its skin against the opponent, causing it to get hurt. Sharpedo can choose whether to make its skin rough or not.
A wild Sharpedo Sharpedo Attack! Debut


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 粗糙皮膚 Chōuchou Pèihfū *
蛇皮 Sèhpèih *
Mandarin 粗糙皮膚 / 粗糙皮肤 Cūcào Pífū *
蛇皮 Shépí *
  Dutch Ruwe huid
  Finnish Karkea iho
  French Peau Dure
  German Rauhaut
  Italian Cartavetro
  Korean 까칠한 피부 Kkachilhan Pibu
  Polish Szorstka Skóra
  Portuguese Pele Áspera
Spanish   Latin America Piel Dura
  Spain Piel Tosca
  Vietnamese Da Xù Xì



Variations of the Ability Rough Skin
Rough SkinIron Barbs


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